Wild Side: the animal in art

5 DECEMBER 2015 – 1 FEBRUARY 2016

Artists have long featured animals in their work to communicate everything from domestic affection to violent life-and-death struggles. Representations of animals offer opportunities to explore daily life and symbolic – often fantastic – associations, and they also introduce important social and ethical issues. Both entertaining and thought-provoking, this exhibition considered humankind’s relationship with the greater animal kingdom. A body of work was produced by Hunter-based artist Peter Gardiner specifically for the exhibition project during a residency at Taronga Western Plains Zoo. The exhibition included works from the gallery’s collection and works from the Western Plains Cultural Centre’s collection. A large part of the exhibition will tour to Western Plains Cultural Centre in July 2015.

A gallery partnership project curated by Meryl Ryan (LMCAG) and Kent Buchanan (WPCC).

[image right, detail] Hayden Fowler Call of the Wild ix 2007, mounted chromogenic photograph, dimensions variable, performance documentation Auckland Festival, March 2007. Photo Joy Lai © the artist.

Artwork: Hayden Fowler's photograph 'Call of the Wild ix'